Updated: Check the bottom for extra info on the injury from WTR’s resident doctor, Tej Sahota.
It looks like Toronto FC may be using this lone striker formation for a while. The club announced today that Jozy Altidore will miss approximately 4-6 more weeks after undergoing surgery earlier today in which bone fragments were removed from his foot.
The striker hasn’t played for TFC since the CONCACAF Champions League final against Chivas Guadalajara. Prior to that, he’d played 11 total games for the Reds in 2018, scoring five times.
TFC announced that Altidore underwent the procedure in New York, and that it was successful.
Unfortunately, Greg Vanney will now have to figure out what to do with one of his first-choice strikers out for so long. He could opt to continue employing Sebastian Giovinco as a lone striker (or even a false 9 up there on his own). He could also rope in one of Jordan Hamilton, Tosaint Ricketts, or (unlikely) Ben Spencer. The Reds may have to experiment a little, or consider giving minutes to younger players like Ayo Akinola.
For those of us who didn’t think Altidore’s injury was hugely serious, this is quite a shock. Fortunately it sounds like it was dealt with well, but the upcoming stretch of games will be quite important for TFC.
According to Tej Sahota, WTR contributor and, more importantly, actual medical doctor, it sounds like Altidore may have hyper-extended his big toe. You’ll all remember that he came off injured against Club América at the Azteca, then played against Chivas and came off again in the second leg of the final. Tej believes his initial injury could’ve been a ligament issue, which may have seemed alright after some therapy but then ultimately caused a bone fragment to chip off from further use.
What would you do, if you were Greg Vanney?